Pioneered on race cars, mainly open-wheelers and prototypes, this configuration allows engineers to move suspension components closer to the ground which lowers the car’s center of gravity, improves weight distribution, and ultimately results in improved handling, especially at higher speeds.
However, this layout was rarely used on road-legal vehicles because although it proved to be excellent on track, it sacrificed ride comfort on public roads.
The folks at Lamborghini worked hard on their bespoke design so that it could provide as much comfort as possible in day-to-day driving scenarios but also retain its superior track capabilities.
The all-important dog bone-shaped pushrod is linked to a triangular bellcrank that hinges to a fixed point on the chassis and on the upper end, it bolts directly to the horizontally placed shock absorber.
Moving on to the rear, we find a similar arrangement albeit with a lower wishbone biased toward the front. The anterior half has a more effective longitudinal load path while the posterior half provides a dedicated lateral load.
Apart from its inherent advantages and the obvious reduction in weight achieved by using lightweight materials, this configuration frees up space which makes room for wider wheels and tires for even more stability. The Aventador LP700-4 rides on 19-inch forged alloys with 225/35 Pirelli P Zeros in the front and 20-inch variants with massive 335/30 tires in the back.
Okay, so how did the engineers manage to make this system effective on multiple road surfaces? Well, the short answer would be that they didn’t. Even though the suspension has been refined with every new iteration, the Aventador is not a car that can be driven on a pothole-ridden backroad, and even crossing a regular speed bump can be a spine-damaging experience if you don’t adjust your speed properly.
The superiority of the pushrod system can be felt on highways or the racetrack, especially at higher speeds. In these scenarios, you begin to feel like you’re driving a racecar and the astonishing grip coupled with minimal body roll provided by this setup will make you forget about its limitations. After all, this is one of the most spectacular supercars of the last decade and it was never meant to be a daily driver.
While not perfect, this suspension system is unquestionably one of the hypercar’s most innovative features. It is a milestone for Lamborghini and makes the Aventador - particularly in SVJ guise – the best-handling flagship in company history.